Classic Motorcycles

  • 1971 BSA Lightning

    1971 BSA Lightning

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s nothing radical or flashy about this early 70s BSA, but it has a low-key charm that I find very compelling. The beautiful photography helps, of course. It’s by the owner of the bike, Adam Green, taken in his hometown of Margate City, New Jersey… Read more »

  • Union Motorcycle Aermacchi

    Union Motorcycle Aermacchi

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,,

    Harley-Davidson has a strange affectation for Italian motorcycle companies. It bought MV Agusta in 2008, and offloaded it just over a year later to the late Claudio Castiglioni. But way before that, in 1960, Harley bought a half share in Aermacchi, and started selling a… Read more »

  • Ducati Muletto

    Ducati Muletto

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Ducati is not renowned for making practical vehicles, with the possible exception of the Multistrada. But in the 1950s, the Bologna company aped its rival Piaggio by making three-wheeled utility vehicles. There was a tiny 48cc 2-stroke called the Fattorino, and then the bigger Muletto.… Read more »

  • Moto Morini 3½

    Moto Morini 3½

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    I get a lot of requests to feature certain classic motorcycles, and the same bikes tend to pop up. Top of the list, believe it or not, is the Moto Morini 3½. So it looks like the Bologna-built machines have a very solid fan base… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z1 900

    Kawasaki Z1 900

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    If I had to lay a bet on the next big trend in custom motorcycles, I’d say we’re returning to the glory days of 1970s and 1980s superbikes. Interest in these iconic machines seems to be rising, and upgrade parts are readily available—albeit mostly in… Read more »

  • 1926 Harley-Davidson racer

    1926 Harley-Davidson racer

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Today’s bike comes from Buzz Kanter, the Editor-in-Chief of American Iron Magazine. Over to you, Buzz. I bought this bike in full street trim a few months before the Motorcycle Cannonball, but left it parked in secure storage. (I had to focus all my spare… Read more »

  • Thierry’s Tribsa

    Thierry’s Tribsa

  • Honda CB550 and sidecar

    Honda CB550 and sidecar

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    What’s the appeal of a motorcycle sidecar combination? Is it the added practicality of luggage carrying? The promise of companionship on a journey? Or the go-anywhere capability offered by 2WD outfits like the Ural? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I find sidecars… Read more »

  • Arresting looks: Honda’s CB450 Police Special

    Arresting looks: Honda’s CB450 Police Special

  • Untitled BMW R80 G/S

    Untitled BMW R80 G/S

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If I had to pick an older bike to take me on a tour of Europe, I’d choose a BMW R80 G/S. It’s a bona fide classic, but unlike most of that ilk, it’s also reliable, relatively simple on the mechanical front, and still has… Read more »

  • Norton International motorcycle

    Norton International motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    In the pantheon of Norton history, the International tends to be overshadowed by the Manx. Which is a shame, because this classic British motorcycle has a strong and enduring charm of its own. At the time of its launch, in the early 30s, the International… Read more »

  • Yamaha RD400

    Yamaha RD400

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If the Yamaha SR400 is the easy-going, easily swayed favorite of café racer builders, the two-stroke Yamaha RD400 is its delinquent half-brother. It was launched in 1976 as a slightly more refined version of the RD350 firecracker, but was still a quick, nervous bike to… Read more »

  • Laverda Jota

    Laverda Jota

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    One of the great tragedies of modern motorcycling is the death of the Laverda name. The brand was bought by Aprilia at the turn of the century—along with Moto Guzzi—but the familiar ‘SFC Orange’ has yet to reappear in showrooms. To my eyes, that lovely… Read more »

  • MV Agusta 600: the ‘Black Pig’

    MV Agusta 600: the ‘Black Pig’

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Throughout the MV Agusta community, the 600 is affectionately known as ‘The Black Pig’. It’s one of the ugliest bikes ever made, but perhaps so ugly that it transcends style and fashion. Only 127 were built, between 1967 and the early 1970s, and this one… Read more »

  • MV Agusta 750S

    MV Agusta 750S

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There are maybe ten bikes in my dream garage, and the MV Agusta 750S is one of them. Like the Ducati 750SS we featured two weeks ago, this one is owned by English motorcycle enthusiast Peter Bullard. It’s one of the very early models, built… Read more »